Every 28 Hours One-Minute Play Festival

Phase One Oct 20-24, St. Louis County

A Real Life Superhero

Bree Newsome became an Internet and media sensation when she did what many were longing to do but didn’t dare. She scaled a flagpole outside South Carolina's statehouse and brought the flag down, while police officers waited to arrest her below.

Every 28 Hours One-Minute Play Festival

Coming soon across the nation! Oct 20-24!

What is The Ferguson Moment?

We call on artists across the nation to share their responses to the oppression, violence, and resistance to racially motivated police brutality


Marcia Chatelain, an assistant professor in the Department of History, created the #FergusonSyllabus in response to recent events in Ferguson, Missouri.

Saturday, July 4, 2015


There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.
--Howard Zinn

Rest in Power
Mike Brown
Kajieme Powell
Vonderrit Myers
Tamir Rice
Kimberlee Randal-King
Aiyana Jones
Eric Garner
Kathryn Johnston
Antonio Martin
Victor Villapondo
Jessie Hernandez .......too many hashtags ... too many deaths ... We will keep marching the beat of NOT ONE MORE IN OUR HEART

Elizabeth Vega

Artist Defies Rednecks and Unravels the Confederate Flag—Let's Hope It's For Good

Sonya Clark, Unravelling, 2015. Photo courtesy Sonya Clark. 
"Artist Sonya Clark was already on this issue before the June 19 shooting. Her work Unravelling, now on view at New York's Mixed Greens Gallery, offers a metaphor for hopes for racial progress via a performance in which she takes apart an actual Confederate flag. At the June 11 opening, Clark and others worked together to separate the object by hand. Among the 50 or so people pitching in were curator Lowery Stokes Sims and writer/artist Daniel “Danny" Simmons. They worked together for a little over an hour; that labor removed only about an inch of the flag, in a parallel to the seemingly unending fight for racial equality."
--Brian Boucher

Read more here: https://news.artnet.com/people/sonya-clark-confederate-flag-311334

Friday, July 3, 2015

StayStrong: A Love Song to Freedom Fighters

StayStrong: A Love Song to Freedom Fighters
by Bree Newsome feat. 7thSoana (beat by Passion HiFi)

This song was initially inspired by the tragic events in Ferguson, MO in August 2014. As the title says, it's a love song to all the freedom fighters like myself around the world, an encouragement to stay strong and to keep fighting. Most especially, this song is dedicated to the many inspiring young organizers I've encountered in the field who are blazing the trail toward freedom. I love you all. #StayStrong #BlackLivesMatter

I Am the Black in the Rainbow

"I, like many others who identify as black and queer, hesitated to further inundate my timeline with more rainbows. My mind was still in Charleston and my heart was weighted down by 9 tons of anger. Anger doesn’t let go easily, nor should it, without due process and genuine resolve. With the rate of black deaths and an age old dismissiveness towards black humanity there is rarely time to heal from one heartbreaking story before reading another. This is what creates the numbness black folks try to describe to non-black people and each other. I found it interesting how technology has exposed the brutal realities of being black in America at a rate greater than black folks experienced before the introduction of mass communication. We have been witness to more instances of modern day lynching on our Facebook timelines than local populations of black people living in the south from 1882–1968. For example, Black folks who lived in Alabama between 1882 and 1968 witnessed or felt the aftermath of 299 black lynchings. If you are a Facebook addict like myself you have seen the faces and read the stories of over 300 modern day lynchings just in 2014. So yeah, I didn’t feel like celebrating anything and resented those who could. I was reminded that black pain rarely, if ever, slows down white (queer) celebration."
- Hanifah Walidah

APB: Artists against Police Brutality: A Comic Book Anthology

An incredibly unique comic book benefit project featuring comic shorts, pin-ups, short essays, and flash fiction, the proceeds of which will be going to the Innocence Project We’ve all seen the pictures: a six-year-old Ruby Bridges being escorted by U.S. marshals on her first day at an all-white, New Orleans school in 1960; a police dog attacking a demonstrator in Birmingham; fire hoses turned on protesters; Martin Luther King Jr. addressing a crowd on the National Mall. These pictures were printed in papers, flashed across television screens, and helped to change the laws of this nation, but not necessarily all of the attitudes. Similarly, we’ve seen the pictures of Michael Brown lying face down in a pool of his own blood for hours; protesters with their hands up, facing down militarized policemen. There are videos of Eric Garner choked to death, John Crawford III shot down in Walmart for carrying a toy gun, and 12-year-old Tamir Rice gunned down in broad daylight for the same reason. APB: Artists Against Police Brutality is a benefit comic book anthology that focuses on hot-button issues including police brutality, the justice system, and civil rights, with one primary goal: show pictures and tell stories that get people talking. The proceeds will go to the Innocence Project, an organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people.


Thursday, July 2, 2015


Trayvon Martin, Sean Bell, Oscar Grant, Eric Garner....and sadly many more. In honor of the fallen victims of police brutality and racism, my solo show MOST LIKELY TO, is opening it's limited engagement performance at the Son of Semele theatre for its 2nd annual Solo Creation Festival, tonight, on this Throwback Thursday. This is a very personal piece that deals with issues that are either not talked about enough, or at all. But don't worry, there is plenty of comedy in it as well wink emoticon-- Ryan Vincent Anderson

Show begins at 8pm, and I am last of 3 back to back solos shows, totaling 90 minutes. Tickets are only $15 and can be bought here: sonofsemele.org/shows/scf2015.html
‪#‎semelefest‬ ‪#‎lathtr‬ ‪#‎tbt‬

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

That Uppity Theater Company

Every 28 Hours is working with theaters all over the country. We're excited to be collaborating with That Uppity Theater Company in St. Louis.

Why are you called That Uppity Theatre Company?
Because when we were considering a name for our company years ago, we wanted something that would really indicate how progressive, creative and out-of-the-box we intended to be. The word uppity has long been associated with people who have challenged the status quo including women, people of color, Jews, members of the LGBT community. Our thinking was, if someone was trying to describe us, they'd say, "Well, you know, it's that uppity theatre company." Do you like the name?

Where do you perform?
We perform in schools, at churches, for corporations and the government, at conferences, at events. We have even performed in a car wash and on the Eads Bridge. In fact, we perform just about anywhere. Instead of having a theatre space of our own, we believe it is important to bring our art to the community.

Is the DisAbility Project part of Uppity?
Yes. The DisAbility Project operates under the nonprofit structure of That Uppity Theatre Company.

Does Uppity produce other people's work?
We used to produce a lot of work by other people. Now, we develop most of our projects in house, sometimes in conjunction with guest artists. However, we also produce individual projects in which we solicit materials such as our upcoming BRIEFS: A Festival of Short Lesbian and Gay Plays.

How much do tickets cost?
Ticket price depends on the project. Many of our performances are free and open to the public. While others do have ticket prices, they are usually available at several levels, and no one is ever turned away for lack of funds.



St. Louis Shakespeare Festival

Every 28 Hours is working with theaters all over the country. We're so happy to be collaborating with St. Louis Shakespeare Festival!

Their mission: To produce professional Shakespeare theatre, culminating in a free production in Forest Park, and to celebrate both Shakespeare’s language and the artists he has inspired. We present Shakespeare and works inspired by Shakespeare. We are in the Schools, in the Streets, and in the Park. Our work seeks to better the community, facilitate a diverse conversation, and encourage collaboration across disciplines.

Inspired by R. Crosby Kemper, III, the idea of a free Shakespeare festival began in 1997, and with broad civic support Shakespeare Festival St. Louis received 501(c)3 status in December 1999. In 2001 Chairman of the Board Marvin Moskowitz, first Managing Director Lana Pepper, and a visionary Board of community leaders produced the first annual free Shakespeare festival in Forest Park. Since the initial two-week run that attracted 33,000 audience members, the Festival has grown into a year-round institution producing over 250 public performances annually for nearly 100,000 patrons and students.

Today the Festival is recognized as an arts and culture leader and has received numerous awards including “Best Theatre Company,” “Most Innovative Arts Organization,” and Exemplary Community Achievement from the Missouri Humanities Council. In January 2015, the Festival received the Arts and Education Council’s Excellence in the Arts Award.



Bree Newsome art from Quinn McGowan

Color art for a real-life SUPERHERO!--Quinn McGowan 

#BreeFree #FreeBree #SouthCarolina #race #politics #CharlestonTBE #blacklivesmatter

More info more art here: http://legendspresscomics.tumblr.com/post/122876893970/color-art-for-a-real-life-superhero-breefree

Artists explain why Bree Newsome became an Internet superhero after taking down SC's Confederate flag

By Jared Goyette

Bree Newsome became an Internet and media sensation when she did what many were longing to do but didn’t dare. She scaled a flagpole outside South Carolina's statehouse and brought the flag down, while police officers waited to arrest her below.

Her actions, and the instantly iconic photos that accompanied them, inspired scores of retweets, headlines, conversations and debates. They also inspired artists.

“Seeing her do that, and then when she came down and they were putting her in custody and she had a smile on her face because she knew she was doing the right thing, it touched me, so I was like I had to do something about that,” says Niall-Julian Watkins, a 25-year-old illustrator who lives in Oak Grove, Kentucky.

A single image fundamentally changed the national debate over the Confederate flag and its meaning: Dylann Roof posing with it before he went on his murderous, racist rampage. The photos of Newsome, taken by James Tyson, captured the nation’s attention in a different way. Both Newsome and Tyson are facing charges of defacing a public monument and could spend up to three years in jail, if convicted....

Read more here: PRI

Every 28 Hours Play Details

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) and The One-Minute Play Festival (#1MPF) are teaming up to co-produce Every 28 Hours, a national partnership focused on the widely shared and contested statistic that a black person is killed by the police every 28 hours in the United States. The Every 28 Hours plays will consist of 60-plus one-minute plays inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, with participation by playwrights and across the nation.

Created under the leadership of Claudia Alick (OSF’s associate producer, community), Dominic D’Andrea (producing artistic director, The One-Minute Play Festival), and St. Louis theater maker and producer Jacqueline Thompson (assistant professor of acting and directing, University of Missouri-St. Louis), the first phase of the project includes community meetings, collaborative writing sessions and readings of the plays in St Louis the week of October 20-24, 2015. Readings will be produced Oct. 24 at two locations: the Dellwood Recreation Center in Fergusonat 2:00 p.m., and the Kranzberg Arts Center in Grand Center  at 8:00 p.m.
“The Every 28 Hours Plays is an exciting and necessary project to be doing at this place and time,” D’Andrea said. “The deep injustices that marginalized populations face in this country are staggering—and no place better represents this tension than in Ferguson. As artists we felt it was our responsibility to create an artistic space to respond to questions of race, injustice, and civic responsibility on a local and national platform.”
"Ferguson is the heartbeat of the movement,” Thompson said. “This project is a brilliant creative conduit to share its pulse with the world.”
“We are in a time of change for the U.S.,” Alick said, “and the reflection on this current Civil Rights Movement is exciting because of the power and number of talented voices collaborating. Our project is informed by thoughtful leaders in activism, performance, civic leadership and communications. The work is hard and inspiring and necessary.”
Partnering theaters and institutions will send artists and cover their expenses for a week to allow for the writing and rehearsing of the staged readings, though additional funding for the project is being raised through an Indiegogo campaign. The second phase of The Every 28 Hours Plays will include the national partner theaters engaging with these plays in their own communities in October of 2016.
Contributors include:  Keith Josef Adkins, Christina Alexander, Zakiyyah Alexander, Luis Alfaro, Claudia Alick, American Conservatory Theater, American Theater Company, Michael Amoroso, Lemon Andersen, Rick Andersen, Artists Against Oppression, Brian Bauman, Matt Belanger, Nancy Bell, Kathryn Bentley, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Betty's Daughter Arts Collaborative, Toni Blackman, Florinda Bryant, Jess Carr, Marty Casey, Center Theatre Group, Gamal Chasten, Katie Christie, Rosa Clemente, Cleveland Play House, Cleveland Public Theatre, Eric Coble, Paris Crayton III, Migdalia Cruz, Valerie Curtis-Newton, D'Lo, Dominic D'Andrea, Alan David, Dellwood Recreation Center, Kristoffer Diaz, Tamika Diggs, Phillip Dixon, Colman Domingo, Dyalekt, Fahari Arts Institute, Mario Farwell, Larissa FastHorse, Brittany Ferrell, Fishtank Performance Studio, Adam Flores, Forum Theatre, Kevin R. Free, Ryan Lawd Gabriel, Sigrid Gilmer, Prince Gomolvilas, Idris Goodwin, Martine Kei Green-Rogers, Kirsten Greenidge, Chelsea Gregory, Guthrie Theater, Rachel Hanks, Hansberry Project, Grant Harris, Amina Henry, Britteny Henry, Gregg Henry, Ike Holter, Cynthia Howell, Chisa Hutchinson, David Henry Hwang, Amaka Izuchi, Aaron Jafferis, Chantal Jean-Pierre, Morgan Jenness, DeAnna Jent, Keith P. Jones, Lily Junker, Nambi Kelly, Kennedy Center, Kila Kitu, Derrek Kolluri, Kranzberg Arts Center, Shishir Kurup, Neil LaBute, Joshua Lamont, Jacqueline E. Lawton, Alicia Like, Joan Lipkin, Looking Glass Theater, Lisa Loomer, Suzan Lori-Parks, Robert Maesaka, Jake Margolin, Rebecca Martinez, Don McClendon, Tarrel McCraney, Quinn McGowan, Jim McManus, Bonnie Metzgar, Patricia Mitchell, Richard Montoya, Leroy F. Moore, Jr., Dominique Morisseau, Lisa Q Mounte, Mustard Seed Theatre, Jonathan Norton, Lynn Nottage, Tavia Nyongo, Jon Hudson Odom, Carl Overly, Jr., Jerome Parker, Steve Peirick, Perfect Disgrace, Liza Jesse Peterson, Reggie Pierre, Em Piro, Mark Pleasant, Aaron Posner, Psalmayene 24, Shruti Purkayastha, Andrea Purnell, Sue Ann Reed, Regional Arts Commission, Greg Reiner, Ralph Remington, Brandon V. Riley, Erin Renee Roberts, Mildred Ruiz-Sapp, Anthem Salgado, Salt House Collective, Nikkole Salter, Salvage Vanguard Theater, Steven Sapp, Robert Schenkkan, Maalik Shakoor, Fox Smith, Sojourn Theatre, Aurin Squire, St. Louis Rep Theater, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, , Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Stew, Harold Stewart, Syd Stewart, Gisla Stringer, Rebecca Struch, TeAda Productions, That Uppity Theatre Company, The Black Rep, The Dark Room, The Flea Theater, The Hansberry Project, The National Black Theater, The TEAM, Jacqueline Thompson, Lucy Thurber, Trinity Rep, Mellisa Ulto, UMSL Department of Theatre, Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Inc., Urban Theatre Movement, Mark Valdez, Heidi Van, Voices United, Christopher Ware, Kelley Webber, Jeff Whitty, Josh Wilder, Joe Wilson, Jr., Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Working Theater, Anu Yadav, Chrishnelle Joie Young, and more.
The One­Minute Play Festival (#1MPF) is the nation’s largest and longest running grass roots theatre festival company, founded by Dominic D’Andrea. #1MPF is social barometer project that investigates the zeitgeist of different communities and populations through dialogue, consensus building and a performance of moments generated by each community.
Founded by Angus Bowmer in 1935 and winner of a 1983 Tony Award for outstanding achievement in regional theatre, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival presents an eight-month season of 11 plays that include works by Shakespeare as well as a mix of classics, musicals, and new works. The Festival also draws attendance of more than 400,000 to almost 800 performances every year and employs approximately 575 theatre professionals. In 2008, OSF launched American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle, a 10-year cycle of commissioning new plays that has already resulted in several OSF commissions finding success nationwide.

July heat
Still attached to the church
a cross burns

‪#‎haiku‬ ‪#‎blackchurchmatters‬ ‪#‎WhoIsBurningBlackChurches‬

Joel Dias-Porter

Monday, June 29, 2015


Source: http://other98.com/best-bree-newsome-tributes/

Bree Newsome's courageous climbing action to take down South Carolina's confederate flag inspired people all over the world

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Brave Soul Collective “Plot Twists”

On Sunday June 28th, 2015, Brave Soul Collective (BSC) makes its 5th DC Black Theatre Festival appearance, with “Plot Twists” an evening of new works written and performed by some of Washington DC’s most talented African American LGBTQ artists.

Following two successful performances of the stage play, “WTF Happened To Baby Sister?” presented last season in conjunction with Rainbow Theatre Project, BSC makes its debut at The Undercroft Theatre on Sunday June 28th, at 6pm, with an exciting evening of theatrical works

“Plot Twists…” touches on a host of hot button issues, including: aging, relationships, sex, gender identity, racism, family, and religion - all within the scope of life “&…the unknown”. A special one-night-only engagement, it features an evening of dramatic & comedic monologues, short scenes and staged readings written & directed by playwrights – Stanley Z Freeman II, Josette Marina Murray, Jared Shamberger, Michael Sainte-Andress, Alan Sharpe, & BSC founder, Monte J. Wolfe.

The dynamic cast includes; Thembi Duncan, Stanley Z. Freeman II, Wilma Lynn Horton, Jeremy Keith Hunter, Jivon Lee Jackson, Jorge Lander, Valerie Papaya Mann, Michael Sainte-Andress, Jared Shamberger, & Monte J. Wolfe.

Thembi Duncan. Photo by Victoria Ford.

REVIEW by Joel Markowitz

"The most powerful piece of the evening was My Sweet Black Babushka (written by Josette Marina Murray and directed by Monte J. Wolfe). Performed with awesome emotional force by Thembi Duncan, it told a mother’s story of raising her baby boy in a family of strong women only to see him grow up and be shot dead in too-familiar circumstances of racist police action. The action that the mother takes in response had the audience riveted. There was mention during the talkback of turning this short monodrama into a full-length theater piece—a notion with which I wholeheartedly agree. The piece was absolutely superb."